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Trying to Lose Weight? Start Here

From January through March, you see them everywhere; weight loss commercials, reduced-rate gym memberships and more. Spring has arrived and by now, New Year’s resolutions are waning. But for people who struggle with obesity and related diseases, the challenges don’t disappear just because it’s April. In this two-part blog series, we will explore some of the diseases associated with obesity. The coming of spring and new beginnings it brings, remind us that any time is a great time to take back control of your health. Even if you’ve had many starts and stops along your weight loss journey, you can “Start Here” with the Valley Health Metabolic and Bariatric Program.

Did you know that people with the disease of obesity are more likely to have type 2 diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea and other diseases? The Journal of American Medical Association has published multiple studies showing that bariatric surgery reduces the risk of obesity-related disease by 80-90 percent. Patients with severe obesity who were not treated with bariatric surgery have a significantly increased chance of diabetes, hypertension and dyslipidemia. Research continues to show that bariatric surgery extends life, and still only 1-2 percent of patients with severe obesity have bariatric surgery.

The Valley Health Metabolic and Bariatric Program has a team of experts dedicated to helping people take control over their health, without judgement. We’re here to help. Attend one of our free info sessions either in-person or online to learn more. Visit valleyhealthlink.com/infosessions.

The Metabolic and Bariatric office is moving! On April 10th, their new office will open at 1870 Amherst St., Suite F, Winchester, VA 22601. They are located in Medical Office Building #1 on the WMC Campus.

Check back next week, to learn about the affects of bariatric surgery on chronic kidney disease.

To learn more about the study, click here: http://connect.asmbs.org/february-2018-mortality-risk-jama.html